Hi @Chelsea , thanks for sharing these great questions with us, which really help to add some color to our idea, and elaborate on some key elements of how it will work in practice.
We already follow up with every young person we train, either over the phone or through in-person interviews. Maintaining contact is usually something that our trainees look for, to find out about further opportunities, share their progress and keep in touch with their trainers, colleagues and friends.
Our aim is for at least 80% to transition into employment after the program, with about 50% working directly with LivelyHoods. We have already established links with small businesses, large corporations and growing SMEs, which are all rapidly expanding their work force, and have trouble identifying young candidates with work-readiness skills and professional experience.
In the first month, interns will earn commissions, bonuses and a basic salary that they will receive at the end of the month, though they receive lunch and allowances for transport and mobile phone credit to allow them to carry out the internship activities in the first month. This is important preparation for the world of work, and a step away from the day-to-day cash in hand practices of casual labor and the infamous 'hustle' on the streets that many are used to.
We’ll be sure to incorporate these points in our explanations above! Thanks to you and the team, and all the experts involved, for the valuable feedback.